Since 2015, the Erie Sports Commission has hosted an Event Recognition and Awards Dinner to celebrate the previous years' accomplishments and collectively thank all of the great partners who make our events possible. Six awards are presented, in addition to a review of the activities of the ESC, often presented by community partners.
The Impact Award is presented to the event which generates a significant economic impact on the Erie region, as well as creates a positive impact on our community through media exposure and community benefit.
Past Winners: VNEA PA State 8-Ball Tournament (2018, 2017 - pictured right, David Warner accepting from Warner Coin Machine), Stars and Stripes Gymnastics Invitational (2016), Erie Admirals Elite Challenge Cup (2015), PA State Bowling Tournament (2014)
Volunteer of the Year Award
The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to the individual or group of individuals who committed an extraordinary amount of time and effort to ensure the success of a signature event.
Past Winners: Ray Kraus and Carlo Fachetti for Erie Frost Softball Battle of Lake Erie (2018), LeAnn Johnson for OVR Volleyball Series (2017), John Leisering for PA Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2016 - pictured, right, Leisering with Ron Sertz), Don Pollard for PA Junior Wrestling (2015), Brian Streeter for The Biggest Loser RunWalk (2014), Mary Kaye Pazder and Emily Biddle for The Biggest Loser RunWalk (2013)
New Event of the Year
The New Event of the Year Award is presented to the group or individual who hosted the most outstanding first-time event in Erie that generated economic impact, publicity, and excitement in the region. This award was first introduced in 2015.
Past Winners: Ice Breaker Tournament, presented by LECOM (2018 - pictured, right, Brad Davis of Mercyhurst University with Mark Jeanneret and Kevin O'Sullivan of Presque Isle Downs & Casino), Flyboard National Tour (2017), VNEA World Junior Pool Championships (2016), Erie Poker Run (2015)
Event Series of the Year
The Event Series of the Year Award is presented to the group or individual who has made an impact on the Erie sports scene by hosting multiple events in one year that drive tourism and create economic impact. This award was first introduced in 2015.
Past Winners: Champion Cheer Central (2018, 2017 - pictured, right, co-owners Kim Soder and Heather Petz with Mark Jeanneret and Casey Wells of Erie Events), Keystone Hoops Group Shoot the Rock Series (2016), Champion Cheer Central (2015)
Local Event of the Year
The Local Event of the Year Award is presented to the person or group who has made an impact on the Erie sports scene by creating an event locally that drives tourism, creates economic impact, and positive influence on the Erie Community.
Past Winners: Lake Erie Cyclefest (2018 - pictured, right, Tom New of WQLN and Tammy Roche of the YMCA of Greater Erie with Mark Jeanneret and Gary Lee from Erie County) Stars and Stripes Gymnastics Invitational, Barber Beast on the Bay (2016),Stars and Stripes Gymnastics Invitational (2015), VNEA PA State 8-Ball Tournament (2014)
National Event of the Year
The National Event of the Year Award is presented to an event that had a significant impact on the Erie region, drawing large participation numbers, creating noteworthy media attention, and generating both social and economic impact for the region.
Past Winners: NCATA National Championships (2018 - pictured, right, Gannon University Athletic Director Lisa Goddard-McGuirk with Gannon Acro Tumbling Head Coach Jacqueline Eshleman, Mark Jeanneret and Erie Downtown Development Corporation CEO John Persinger) VNEA World Junior Pool Championships, 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation World Championships (2016), The Biggest Loser RunWalk (2015), The Color Run (2014)
Ron Sertz Dedication to Erie
Presented in recognition of those annual events which have regularly been awarded by the ESC, and shown a dedication to Erie by consistently growing participation, increasting an already-significant economic impact, and generally producing a high quality event that has had a longstanding, profound impact on Erie sports tourism. Events inducted into this category will no longer be eligible to win ESC awards after the date of induction.
Inductees: Stars and Stripes Gymnastics Invitational (Inducted 2018 - pictured, right, Doug and Tina Pershun with Mark Jeanneret and Ron Sertz), Ron Sertz (Inducted 2018)